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Field boost as storm clouds gather over Snettisham village fete




Snettisham’s annual village fete on the playing fields opened under blue skies on Saturday, but a drenching downpour forced it to close early.

But it didn’t dampen anyone’s enthusiasm. It still left plenty of time for everyone to enjoy all the fun of a traditional village fete, an annual event popular with both residents and summer visitors.

“It’s a not-for-profit fun day out for the village,” said co-ordinator, Rachael Edwards early on.

Mark Hilton took on the marble game challenge on the First Snettisham Scout group stand watched by, far left, former Lynn mayor, Carol Bower
Mark Hilton took on the marble game challenge on the First Snettisham Scout group stand watched by, far left, former Lynn mayor, Carol Bower

“We’re delighted the weather is better than the forecast.”

Organised by the parish council and with the aid of parish council and the village’s Memorial Hall volunteers, the afternoon provided a wide range of activities.

A fun dog show attracted a lot of attention and there was something for everyone, including the chance to win everything from a Mini car to enjoying a Pimms or a more humble cup of tea, cake or a burger.

Jacqui Read's three Springer spaniels were eager to enter the Fun Dog Show
Jacqui Read's three Springer spaniels were eager to enter the Fun Dog Show

Classic cars, organised by Sam Benton, were on display and many local organisations and charities took advantage of the event to raise money for their own organisations.

Scotty’s Little Soldiers had a stand as did Guide Dogs for the Blind whilst the Talk and Torc Quilters proffered their hand-made creations in aid of the East Anglian Children’s Hospice.

Torc and Torc Quilters Heather Connor and Judith Dawson helped raise money for the East Anglian Children's Hospice
Torc and Torc Quilters Heather Connor and Judith Dawson helped raise money for the East Anglian Children's Hospice

Snettisham’s Royal British Legion were there raising money for their hall which overlooks the playing fields and which needs £10,000 to mend a leaky roof.

There were the perennial favourites like face-painting stall and ice-cream and competitions for both young and old.

Snettisham playing field was crowded with stands and visitors
Snettisham playing field was crowded with stands and visitors

“Not only is it a good day out but it is also a good opportunity for all the village organisations to come along and both raise funds and awareness of their themselves,” said parish clerk, Simon Bower.

The crowded playing field, full of families and their children, suggested these village organisations did not go home empty-handed.

Elysia Bacon, 7, tries her hand with the help of Lavender embroiderer Jay Musgrave
Elysia Bacon, 7, tries her hand with the help of Lavender embroiderer Jay Musgrave

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